Knitted felted bag

knitted felted bag

Wendy’s knitted, felted bag is just lovely. You can feel the texture just by looking at it ! Alexis is the one who has inspired us  to make knitted , felted bags. Cathy made one earlier in the year. You can felt them by hand or washing machine  or a combination of both. Depends how strong your hands are.

This one of Wendy’s has a nice shape and then the handles are automatically  knitted and felted into the bag. It is strong, roomy and lovely colours. Wendy spun all the wool for the bag. She used some of the fibre challenge yarn we had made after Christmas. She really enjoyed doing this and the colours have turned out really well.

The video below gives you an idea of what is involved in knitting and felting a bag.

Knitted cowl

Cathy’s double wrap cowl was made on size 5 needles. It is 44 inches around and you need multiples of 8 for the honeycomb pattern. This one had 200 stitches. The wool is a dark green merino hand dyed by Alexis and the light green is English Leicester dyed with  sage and green tea by Cathy.

Interweave has two nice, free honeycomb cowl patterns .

The video is silent but it shows you how to do the stitch really well  so you can concentrate nicely 🙂

Show and tell

Show and Tell March 16th textile arts and crafts

It was a lovely day outside and just as lovely inside. Plenty of colour and ideas an some good, productive conversations.

Chris: has dyed 4 plaits with Earth Palette dyes in blue & pale orange.

Cathy: 3 balls of spun wool dyed with various natural dyes & a warm thick cowl in
dark green and yellow in a honeycomb pattern.

Janette: scarf & matching beanie in red/grey, beanie in blue, and an alpaca scarf
dark with various coloured fleck, warm jumper in autumn colours.

John: a woven scarf in a multi coloured boucle yarn with a green centre.

Hilary: 1 skein of lime green tops plied with coloured silk hankies, a ball of spun
alpaca dyed fleece and the cutest, small rabbit from the pattern Cathy put on our blog.

On felted hats and woven mats

Alexis and John could not have co ordinated the colours better the week they brought in their show and tell. Alexis had two lovely , stylish felted hats she had made and John had brought in the mat he had woven. Skill, subtle colour and inspiration. Things like that make us think how to use colour. It is not unusual for us to bring in things which colour co ordinate with the work of someone else. Half the fun of it , really.

Weaving demands patience and a very methodical approach. John will often challenge himself further by picking similar colours to increase the amount of thinking which has to be done. You really have to pay attention when you a making a pattern with colours which don’t have a stark contrast.